Saturday, August 14, 2010
Hank continues to rack up Hall-of-Fame accomplishments on the back of this card. The emphasis changes a bit from more season accomplishments on card #4 to a bit more on career milestones on card #5. Amazing. One of the best things about his career numbers is that they were relatively consistent throughout. He broke Ruth's record without ever hitting 50 homers in a season. Many of the other big sticks in baseball history have at least one 50 homer season.
One small thing I've always had against the 1969 Topps set is that it seems the graphic design crew ran out of fresh ideas. It takes the team name with the same font and places it at the same place on the card as the '67 set. It takes the same sized circle from the '68 set and uses the two years combined. Here, the circle is the same color as the '68 set (I think most teams are) and for some reason, Hank's '69 picture is a re-use of the '68, adding to the lack of innovation. Nevertheless, I like the '69 set. Classic Aaron on classic cards. Makes me wish I were a kid again.